Workshop: Six Centuries of Church Music

I will be performing in Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary as part of this ‘Come and Sing’ day in St Clement’s Church, York on 19th October.

The event will be a fast-paced day of choral singing which charts the development of liturgical music in the English church, from its origins in plainsong through to the worship songs of the 21st century!

This whistle-stop tour will cover:

– plainsong (sung from original notation), plainsong elaboration and fauxbourdon
– music in English and Latin from reformation and counter-reformation
– Purcell’s funeral music for Queen Mary, with strings and continuo
– the development of psalmody
– West Gallery music and the cathedral/parish split
– hymns
– the Victorian revival (Stanford)
– the 20th century (Vaughan Williams) and beyond

This is the third in a series of highly successful Come & Sing days organised by the South Bank Singers, directed by Toby Wardman and with David Hammond at the piano and organ.

There will be a fee of £15 to cover sheet music and refreshments. The day will end with an informal performance of highlights from the workshop to a very small audience!

To book and pay, contact John Guest ( or Toby Wardman (